Persuasive Essay On Minimum Wage

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Currently, there is a debate that the federal minimum wage should be increased to a livable wage. A livable wage is an amount of money paid to an individual in order to cover basic needs, the livable wage proposal is $15.00 dollars an hour. The Republican Party believes a federal 15-dollar minimum wage will be detrimental to the economy. On the other hand, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, on the Democratic side, says a 15-dollar minimum wage is just the realization of the minimum wage in current dollars. Another person in the race on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, has changed her position and now agrees it’s a good idea. In order to understand what is going on right now, we must look into our past. After the great depression, the …show more content…
According to an article by Mary Ayres, “One of the earliest definitions of ‘sweating’ was: ‘The payment by an employer to his work people of a wage which is insufficient to purchase for them the necessaries of life. These include food, housing, clothing, and the like, needed to maintain life on a sustained basis. (1)” In this definition, Areys explains what the companies were doing to their workers during the great depression. The power of the working poor was diminishing in an era where the United States economy was at its worst. In order to start to correct this problem, the newly elected president wanted to help the majority of people who were suffering. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was able to see the hardships of the American people. He saw how companies were treating the people they employed. Roosevelt started the process, in order to get a minimum wage, and in 1938 the Fair Labor Standards Act was put into law. This act was a compromise between state and federal government agreeing on terms to which people who work will get paid. Over time this act was debated, often it’s been questioned whether it was good for the …show more content…
The Target is located in Eagle Rock, California in the Eagle Rock Plaza. I asked some the people who work at this Target what they think about the new minimum wage. they seem to be split whether the new wage is good or bad. Two-thirds of the employees surveyed said the new minimum wage is a good thing. Bonnie Sandoz, Deborah Davis, Dianne Ellis, Edward Mattez, Tiffany Gutienrez, and Richard Rosenthal think the minimum wage in California is going to be good. On the other hand, one-third of the employees surveyed thought the new minimum wage is a bad idea. Diana M, Gabrielle, and Nicole think the new wage is a bad. Nicole says “it may lead to less scheduled hours ().” The hours worked by an employee of Target are based off sales. The more sales the Target store does, the more hours there are for people to work. Nicole is stating with the increase in pay, there will be a decrease in the number of hours available to work. However, Richard Rosenthal think the increase in pay just may give “an excuse for the company to cut hours ().” Rosenthal thinks Target will apply pressure to the law. He thinks the conversation over the minimum wage is going to “probably distract from it with people talking about it ().” The “it” I think is the issue. The issue is people cannot live on the current minimum wage and Target is making billions. Furthermore, I asked these people how do they

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